Former Gopher Marcus Carr hits half-court shot, has special performance in first NCAA Tournament game with Texas
It didn’t happen in a Minnesota uniform but Marcus Carr got the opportunity to play in the NCAA Tournament this year. He had a performance that he’ll remember for a long time.
Not only did Carr put up big numbers in Texas’ 81-73 win over Virginia Tech in the Round of 64, he buried an important half-court shot as time expired at the end of the first half, giving the Longhorns a 34-32 advantage heading into the locker room.
That shot seemed to give Texas a little added momentum after the first 20 minutes.
🚨 MARCUS CARR FROM BEYOND HALF-COURT FOR @TEXASMBB#MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/esqsa39H1a
— NCAA March Madness (@MarchMadnessMBB) March 18, 2022
Carr ended the game scoring 15 points, dishing out 9 assists and grabbing a rebound in the victory. Texas will now head to the Round of 32 to play No. 3 seed Purdue.
Head coach Chris Beard is 2-0 against the Boilermakers in the NCAA Tournament. In 2016, his Arkansas-Little Rock team upset the Boilers in double-overtime in the first round. In 2018, he led Texas Tech to a win over Purdue in the Sweet 16.
Carr started his college basketball career at Pitt before transferring to Minnesota. He spent two years with the Golden Gophers before transferring to Texas.
In his lone season with the Longhorns, Carr is averaging 10.9 points, 3.2 assists and 2 rebounds per game.